Seaweed. An exotic food to eat?
Well no, not really. People all around the world eat it regularly.
I am not one of those people, however.
I didn't have to go to Asia or the South Pacific to try seaweed. In fact, my first encounter with this salty sea plant happened in Saint John, New Brunswick at the City Market. At this market, you can buy everything from artwork to produce to maple syrup to — yup, you guessed it — seaweed.
It's a special kind of seaweed, too — a red seaweed called Dulse that is native to the northern Atlantic coast.
According to a sign at the market, Dulce is a sea vegetable that is grown at low tide, taking root on rocks. The seaweed is harvested from June to November by hand and then sun-dried for 6 hours. It is eaten as-is, “like you would potato chips,” or can be toasted, or used as seasoning in salads or soups.
Seaweed as a snack food? I was skeptical.
But I decided I had to try it.
The verdict? Dulse is salty, sort of bitter, and basically tastes like you're eating the ocean.
Did I like it? Well, you'll have to watch the video below to find out!
Definitely an acquired taste.
Have YOU ever tried seaweed anywhere in the world?